News: Intelligent Assistive Robotics

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Student Projects

A series of student projects at EPFL are associated to the CIS Intelligent Assistive Robotics Collaboration Research Pillar. These projects aim to address additional research topics within the project or to implement related technological bricks. Several labs and research groups are typically involved in the supervision of these project, which allows students to gain multidisciplinary experience in research and development.

List of student projects:

Swarm Furniture Obstacle Avoidance for Smart-Living Environment Assisting Wheelchair Navigation
This project is a step towards the development of a modular control architecture for collaborative robots in smart-living environments. The goal is to develop a simulation environment of this fully smart home (mobile furniture) and implement a control framework for the modular robotic system to facilitate user’s navigation and obstacle avoidance through the smart home.

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Mobile furniture indoor localization
This project aims to develop and test a solution for real-time visual feedback based localization of a set of furniture in a 3D space. The localization results will be used as a feedback signal for autonomous closed-loop indoor navigation of a mobile furniture. The furniture detection can be based on an OpenPifPaf system. In this case, a (semi)autonomous process for a labeled dataset creation for training a semantic keypoint based furniture detection machine learning model should be proposed, implemented and evaluated. It is required to investigate and test a
suitable sensor setup (fixed in the environment or onboard of a mobile furniture). This project is co-supervised by VITA and BioRob laboratories.

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Human localization for interaction with a mobile furniture
This project aims to evaluate the use of human detection and pose estimation systems, based on OpenPifPaf, for real-time human localization in 3D space for interaction with mobile assistive furniture. The human that needs to be detected might be in a wheelchair or wearing an exoskeleton. The results of the detection process will be integrated as a feedback signal for a closed-loop control of a mobile furniture platform in human-robot interaction. This project is co-supervised by VITA and BioRob laboratories.

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Mobile furniture teleoperation
This project aims to develop an application (computer program and/or mobile app) for remote teleoperation of a set of mobile assistive furniture. The application will be used as part of an assistive environment developed within the CIS Intelligent Assistive Robotics Research Pillar. The developed program must allow a user to securely operate mobile furniture remotely as well as define a desired furniture arrangement in the room.

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Mobile furniture hardware development
This project aims to contribute to the development of a mobile assistive furniture hardware platform. Various aspects of hardware platform augmentation, such as sensor integration, mechanical design etc., can be proposed, investigated and tested within this project. This project is co-supervised by BioRob and RRL laboratories.

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Other opportunities

New projects related to the CIS Intelligent Assistive Robotics will be posted here as they become available. Stay tuned!